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[kaw-zuh l] /ˈkɔ zəl/
of, constituting, or implying a cause.
Grammar. expressing a cause, as the conjunctions because and since.
Origin of causal
1520-30; < Latin causālis, equivalent to caus(a) cause + -ālis -al1
Related forms
causally, adverb
noncausal, adjective
noncausally, adverb
supercausal, adjective
uncausal, adjective Unabridged
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  • It affords no explanation of the facts of adaptation, and has no causal value.

  • Geoffroy seems here to be moving from a pure to a causal morphology.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Such observable sequences are causal sequences in the ordinary sense, and it is part of the work of Science to observe them.

  • But that they have any causal connection with the things around him is not to be conceived.

  • In considering the causal laws of psychology, the distinction between rough generalizations and exact laws is important.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for causal


acting as or being a cause
stating, involving, or implying a cause: the causal part of the argument
(philosophy) (of a theory) explaining a phenomenon or analysing a concept in terms of some causal relation
Derived Forms
causally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for causal

1530s, from Latin causalis "relating to a cause," from causa (see cause (n.)).

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